Thursday, 28 August 2008

Another super family brothers / supermarket build!

Corima wheels and seat post, Nitto Tsubasa bar/stem, NJS components.

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Remember the bedazzler? Kalavinka NJS

This is my friend Kato's Kalavinka. He paid a nail sculpture artist to
encrust the lugs and logos with plastic diamonds. Crazy. I love it personally,
although it is not one for the matte black w/stickers crowd.
Titanium campa arrow head rims, 08 campa record hubs, campa record cranks/ring,

Friday, 22 August 2008

New kiyo build. Chou Very Goo!

My Kiyo Miyazawa NJS Keirin frame.
-campa njs head set -jaguar sp72 post
-hatta r9400 bb -metallico bar
-kashimax 8P cushioned saddle -steel jaguar nj pro stem
-araya alumi disk -dura ace 167.5 cranks
-hed3 front -sugino zen chainring
-did stainless chain -toshi double straps

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Sugino 75 Chainrings discontinued...

Some news to cry yourself to sleep over....
Sugino has discontinued the legendary Sugino 75 NJS chainrings.
This means the days of cheap Keirin chainrings are over....tissue please.

Friday, 15 August 2008

Blade Hoshi spokes, pink 3Rensho, araya disk, hed3 white

1.I recently came across a mother-load of Hoshi and Asahi heavily bladed spokes in Japan.
Pity Dura Ace no longer make SL track hubs. It is hard work recessing the Dura Ace high flange spoke holes to allow these spokes in.
2.Pink 3Rensho I was building up for myself, with white hed3 and white araya disk, but it sold before I got a chance to put a few chips in it.

kashimax njs doubles, kusaka vivalo shots, kashimax x diamond back njs saddle, campa njs seat pillar

1. Some of the old plans from previously built VIVALO race frames. Pre Nov.07, about 600 riders in pro Keirin were using these frames. They order about 4 per year.
2.Sexy Kashimax NJS doubles. At the same time in early to mid 07 when these straps lost their coupling patch (no longer included), they received a nice big dirty NJS stamp in the middle, something that the Toshi doubles are still missing, and I have no idea why.
3.Kusaka San fondling one of the last forks to be built in the VIVALO factory, an OCEAN keirin sentouki fork. I think he is peeling off the tape that covers the fork ends, during the painting process.
4.A steezy BMX relic from 2 Osaka companies, Kashimax (this is actually an NJS saddle) X Diamond Back.
5.A nice rare 26.8 diamater Campa NJS post in box, NOS. This is now hanging out the top of a Blue Ocean frame that gets around Osaka and Kobe. 26.8 posts are mostly commonly needed for Panasonic NJS frames.

kalavinka w/cinelli stem, hatta swan box, kusaka vivalo factory

1. This is one of ka-shi-ra's MiyaKun's bikes's's. He has to have the best collection of parts
and bikes of anyone I know in Kansai. I must do a whole post on him some time soon.
This is a restored black Kalavinka w/Cinelli badge stem, Cinelli drops, Shamal front, Campa
disk rear, Sugino zen, custom nuevo pedals, MKS double straps......
2.Some of the sexier color samples at the VIVALO factory. Pika Pika!
3.Not sure what to make of this wall. I am sure it means something to someone.
4.An old Hatta box. I love dusty old crap like this.
5.Kusaka on the 1s and 2s. He keeps all the plans for every frame he ever built. 30 years worth.

spotty panasonics, metallico dildo barman, cystal fellow stem, sunset in osaka

A few older shots from the last couple of years.
1. A beautiful sky in Osaka, Autumn.
2.Kenchan, the guy responsible for the Metallico Dildo bars.
3.Taito, of Chickenot in Kyoto, very fast and spotty. Note the odd brake lever placement.
Many events in Japan (this was a road race in Osaka) require at least one brake be fitted, so
some riders tack the lever on the top tube to get it out of view while they are racing.
4.Blue Vittoria Mondiale tubular, on my old grey bridgestone.
5.Unfortunately Nitto Tokyo discontinued the Crystal Fellow stems in early-mid 07.